This is the metropolitan area in which a Chinese immigrant was beaten to death by two unemployed workers drowning their sorrows who thought he was Japanese.
After a month of Detroit-bashing in Washington and nationally, some say a backlash is forming among Metro Detroiters, annoyed by the attacks on their lifestyle and angry at their neighbors' choices of vehicles. Some fear that simmering resentment could turn to outright hostility.
"I'm afraid we may be about to see a rerun of a bad nightmare we lived through in the late '70s and early '80s," said Helen Zia, co-founder of the American Citizens for Justice, a civil rights group that serves Michigan's Asian-Americans. "We're in the midst of tough economic times, and when that happens you get scapegoating."
Most agree the current climate doesn't approach the open disdain in the 1980s and early 1990s, when workers used sledgehammers to destroy Hondas and Toyotas in union parking lots. But some worry that antipathy toward Asians could return.
In Woodhaven on Friday, someone punctured the tires of five foreign cars -- a Honda, Hyundai, Mazda, Toyota and Volkswagen -- and used a marker to scrawl "Buy USA" on the sides of the vehicles, in the lots of Lowe's and Kohl's stores near a Ford plant. A security camera captured a middle-aged white man defacing the vehicles, Woodhaven Police Chief Michael Martin said, who fears there could be more such incidents.
This is the metropolitan area in which Solidarity House posted a sign at its parking lot asking visitors to park their imported cars in Tokyo.
This is the metropolitan area from which the Boycott Alabama website originates.
Our mission is to demonstrate Senator Shelby what the result will be by not supporting the state of Alabama and its industries, (true American industries, not foreign companies that assemble products in the U.S.).Good idea. Let's reopen the deep mines at Iron Mountain and set up rubber plantations in New Buffalo. The rest of the site offers similarly inspired logic.